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Franklin Chang Díaz

Former NASA Astronaut
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Net worth 2018: $400,000
Industry: Scientists
Residence: San José
BirthDay: 5 April 1950
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Education: 1969 - Hartford Public High School, 1973 - University of Connecticut, 1977 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BIOGRAPHY

Franklin Chang Díaz was bornon 5 April 1950 in San José, Costa Rican, American, is Former NASA Astronaut. Franklin Chang-Diaz is a physicist and former NASA astronaut. He was enamored by the idea of becoming an astronaut since childhood. As a teenager, he moved to the United States to pursue that dream and, once assimilated to life in the U.S., started his college career. He experienced some difficulty early in his education because he was not a citizen of the U.S., but he overcame those obstacles and attended college. He majored in mechanical engineering and did his post doctorate work in plasma physics. While conducting postgraduate research in nuclear fusion, he applied to NASA to become a part of the astronaut program. They accepted him and, despite being a scientist and not a member of the military as most astronauts once were, he went on to become one of the most-flown astronauts in the program. He completed seven missions to space, the last of which was to repair parts of the International Space Station in 2002. He worked for NASA up until 2005 when he retired, after receiving several awards from NASA for his work. He then established his own company where he has pursued research on engineering space shuttles for faster and more efficient travel. He is also an activist on climate change awareness.

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2005

He retired from NASA in 2005 and set up the Ad Astra Rocket Company which is currently working on the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) which he believes will revolutionize space travel by allowing further excursions in less time and round trip travel

2002

On his 2002 mission on the ship Endeavor, he worked on the International Space Station and participated in three spacewalks during that assignment

1994

The other five missions were STS-60 (1994), STS-75 (1996), STS-91 (1998), and STS-111 (2002)

1993

In 1993, he became the director of the Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory at the John Space Center

1992

His second mission in 1992 took on a new seriousness in the light of the tragedy

1986

He was originally scheduled to be a part of the Challenger mission in 1986

1977

When NASA's space program picked back up in 1977, they made a request for astronaut candidates

1969

In 1969, he attended the University of Connecticut and earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering

1960

After finishing high school in the late 1960s, with his family's support, he left Costa Rica for the United States to pursue that dream

1950

Franklin Ramón Chang-Diaz was born on April 5, 1950 in San José, Costa Rica, and is one of six children

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